Selecting the school that’s right for you is an important process. Our Admissions team is committed to making your experience as personal and enjoyable as possible.


Dear Prospective Families,

Welcome to Purnell School, the only all girls, college preparatory, day and boarding school for bright girls who learn differently. 

We are thrilled that you are exploring Purnell for your daughter’s secondary school education. Selecting the school that’s right for your family is an important process. Here at Purnell, we are eager to show you why girls are our focus…not just girls in general, but each girl. 

Our vision exists “to ensure girls discover their untapped strengths and potential, so they are transformed into confident women.” Opportunities for exploration and hands on learning, and an inclusive community where girls can feel empowered are a few of the things that make Purnell unique. 

Opportunities for exploration include our specialized, or designated diploma program. This program offers girls the chance to challenge themselves by exploring and expanding strengths both within and beyond the classroom. STEM, Creative Arts and Global Citizenship have specific requirements that allow the students to graduate with a designated diploma in addition to the traditional high school diploma. Students will leave Purnell with a portfolio of high-quality work as a foundation for further study. Our three-week interim, Project Exploration, is modeled after many colleges. Our students and faculty take time out from our traditional program and have a “mini-term” to explore interests such as a musical production or traveling abroad. 

We welcome your interest in Purnell and invite you to visit campus virtually and experience our community from home. Discover what makes Purnell a truly unique learning environment. 

We look forward to meeting and showing you what Purnell has to offer. 

Robin Seiler
Interim Director of Admissions


To contact the Interim Director of Admissions, Robin Seiler,
please email
or call 908-439-4009.

To contact the Admissions Associate, Meghan Coates,
please email
or call 908-439-4025.





Robin Seiler

Interim Director of Admissions 




Olivia Hunt

Associate Director of Admissions




Meghan Coates

Admissions Associate




Noelle Gray

Enrollment Coordinator



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Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 11

Application materials due for first round decisions

Tuesday, January 19

Virtual Open House for Education Professionals 
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Tuesday, January 26

Virtual Open House for families 
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Modified campus tours are available by appointment!

We are thrilled to have our students back on campus, and we'd love to welcome you, too!

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